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Study Creative Writing

Several alumni of the programme have completed manuscripts and gone on to publish with established publishing houses. These include:

Book cover of Erica Emdon Jolly Dog Days
Erica Emdon
Litha Hermanus The Eyes of the Naked novel book cover
Litha Hermanus
the-dream-house
Craig Higginson
The Distance Ivan Vladislavic
Ivan Vladislavić
Headache in My Home Phillippa Yaa De Villiers
Phillippa Yaa De Villiers
100 papers Liesl Jobson
Liesl Jobson
Ian Holding What Happened To Us
Ian Holding
Dancing the Death Drill Fred Khumalo
Fred Khumalo
Johnny Golightly Comes Home Pat Hopkins
Pat Hopkins
Landscape Painter Higginson
Craig Higginson
False River
Dominique Botha
Outside the Lines Ameera Patel
Ameera Patel
Running
Makhosazana Xaba
The Print Maker Bronwyn Law-Viljoen
Bronwyn Law-Viljoen
The Imagined Child Jo-Anne Richards
Jo-Anne Richards
Selling Lip Service Tammy Baikie
Tammy Baikie
Ways of Staying Kevin Bloom
Kevin Bloom
Slow Motion Andie Miller
Andie Miller
What Will People Say? Rehana Rossouw
Rehana Rossouw
Fruit of a Poisoned Tree Anthony Altbeker
Antony Altbeker
The List Barry Gilder
Barry Gilder
Exposure Shaun De Waal
Shaun de Waal
Book Cover Terry Kurgan, Everyone is Present (Fourthwall Books)
Terry Kurgan

Why study Creative Writing?

Creative Writing at Wits University offers an intensive workshop-based postgraduate programme focused on reading and writing across a number of genres. Students benefit from close attention to their work from staff and peers and enjoy rigorous debate and discussion in a small-group forum. The programme regularly invites published writers to lead workshops or give lectures and some agree to work closely with individual students on their portfolios. The written components of the course are closely supervised and comprehensive feedback is provided on all writing assignments. At the end of the Honours degree, students will have in hand a substantial portfolio of writing. MA students complete a full-length manuscript of fiction or non-fiction deemed worthy of submission to a publisher.

Research Profile

A number of alumni of the Wits Creative Writing programme have published works of fiction and non-fiction following their completion of the MA. In 2013, we launched the first Wits issue of the creative journal Itch. The journal is published occasionally as a special issue, featuring work by the students in the Creative Writing programmes. In 2019, we received funding from the Mellon Foundation for a writers-in-residence programme and have hosted four writers to date. Our staff continue to publish works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and have garnered several prestigious awards in recent years.

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